Making the Connection: Bringing Tax Wonks & Grassroots Activists Together to End Inequality

This paper seeks to identify how—as a field—we can more effectively harness the power of activists to impact tax policy. To examine this opportunity, we spoke directly to activists in three venues: during in-depth interviews, through a survey and during a convening hosted in April 2017 in Washington, DC. These conversations were meant to glean insights about why local advocates do and do not engage in advocacy related to tax policy. Ultimately, this paper shares those insights with the objective of recommending an advocacy strategy that advances tax reform that enhances the economic well-being of working families.

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